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Five Mantras that Continue to Bring Us Clarity, Strength and Perspective

by Alex Phillips November 07, 2018 3 min read

Five Mantras that Continue to Bring Us Clarity, Strength and Perspective

There is an abundance of wisdom for the taking, if you’re ready to open your hearts and minds. 

These are just five mantras that have brought us immense clarity and perspective this year.


“Life is happening for us, not to us.” — Tony Robbins

It’s probably the most difficult perspective to maintain when nothing is going to plan.

I’ll be the first to admit that staying calm and maintaining this belief in moments of perceived chaos and crisis is a challenge in itself, but it’s this mindset that allows you to problem-solve your way through setbacks and maintain a level of gratitude that would otherwise diminish very rapidly.

If you focus on the silver lining — the hidden lesson — the blessing in disguise — the “reason why this is happening” will eventually become clear.

We know that it’s easier said than done. It takes practise. All you can do in those moments of frustration is practise taking a breath and remember that life is happening for you.


“Owning our story and loving ourselves through the process is the bravest thing we’ll ever do.” — Brené Brown

This, of course, is easy to uphold when we’re winning at life. Not so much when we make mistakes, experience setbacks and taint our perfect record.

All of a sudden, our inner critic leaps into action and kindness and compassion are hard to come by.

The thing is, if you give yourself permission to be your most authentic self, everybody wins.

Dare to be vulnerable, so that you can experience the magical chain reaction of genuine love, acceptance, respect and worthiness that comes from owning your story. It’s truly liberating when you let yourself be you.


“Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.” — Eckhart Tolle

Let go of the things that no longer serve you so that you can free up your mental RAM and make room for the things that empower you. We understand that it’s not as simple as flicking a switch by any means — it takes patience and persistence.

We have personally found journalling to be an incredibly powerful tool when it comes to debunking and processing your thoughts on a deeper, unfiltered level.

It can be a confronting process which is why it’s always easier to avoid, but it can provide enormous clarity and alleviate the mental weight suppressing your inner peace.

Ultimately, the initial discomfort is all part and parcel of healing and becoming a stronger, more resilient version of yourself.


“We suffer more in our imagination than in reality.” — Seneca

How often have you talked yourself out of doing something outside of your comfort zone because of the nightmarish outcome your negative imagination has kindly manufactured?

Naturally, the pursuit of any important goal will manufacture its fair share of fear, doubt and anxiety.

However, these fears become problematic when they hinder your ability to move forward and encourage you to abandon your goals, even though the likelihood of the outcome you fear is veering towards the 0% mark.  

The best way to overcome this mental barrier is to debunk your fears and rationalise on paper.

  1. What are some “worst case scenarios” that could result from pursuing this mission and how likely is it to occur?
  2. What practical steps can you take to prevent these outcomes?
  3. If the worst happens, what practical steps can you take to repair the damage?

When you’re able to rationalise and employ logic, you can truly assess whether your fears are valid concerns or simply your imagination running wild.


“Stand up straight with your shoulders back.” — Jordan Peterson (12 Rules For Life)

To provide some context, this rule was inspired by the habits and dominance hierarchies of lobsters which you can learn more abouthere.

Standing up straight with your shoulders back affects both your physiological and psychological state.

More than good posture, it demonstrates your willingness to persevere during periods of adversity and voluntarily face the demands of life.

It also Influences the messages you send to your brain which ultimately affects how your nervous system responds. According to Jordan Peterson, “Emotion is partly bodily expression, and can be amplified or dampened by that expression.”

With that in mind, we all ought to stand up straight with our shoulders back and let the serotonin flow abundantly through our neural pathways.


Have you stumbled upon some pearls of wisdom lately that turned out to be exactly what you needed to digest?

We like to screenshot quotes or mantras that deeply resonate with us and keep it on our lock-screen, so that it serves as a constant reminder of how we want to live our lives.

 

Alex Phillips
Alex Phillips

Alex is the Co-Founder of Saint Belford and a strong mental health advocate. You'll often find her on the yoga mat, rummaging around the kitchen contemplating her next meal or planning her next world adventure.